Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries
In accordance with Illinois law and to address the health issue of concussions in the school setting, District 103 has developed a protocol for the management of concussions. This protocol is developed outlining procedures utilizing evidence-based guidelines and best practice for District 103 schools to follow in the area of support for the student with a concussion. The procedure addresses immediate safety of students with concussions and a recovery plan for the student with a concussion, including “return to learn” and “return to play” guidelines to assist in the student’s optimal readiness to return to sports and school. Should your child be diagnosed with a concussion, please contact your school’s nurse or principal.
A student athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion in a practice or game will be removed from participation or competition at that time. A student athlete who has been removed from an interscholastic contest for a possible concussion or head injury may not return to that contest unless cleared to do so by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified athletic trainer. If not cleared to return to that contest, a student athlete may not return to play or practice until the student athlete has provided his or her school with written clearance from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified athletic trainer working in conjunction with a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois.